Addiction experts in psychiatry, chemistry, pharmacology, forensic science, epidemiology, and the police and legal services engaged in delphic analysis regarding 20 popular recreational drugs.
Australia[ edit ] Alcohol is the most widely used drug in Australia, tried one or more times in their lives by Drug culture Many movements and organizations are advocating for or against the liberalization of the use of recreational drugsnotably cannabis legalization.
Subcultures have emerged among users of recreational drugs, as well as among those who abstain from them, such as teetotalism and " straight edge ". The prevalence of recreational drugs in human societies is widely reflected in fiction, entertainment, and the arts, subject to prevailing laws and social conventions.
In video gamesfor example, enemies are often drug dealers, a narrative device that justifies the player killing them. Other games portray drugs as a kind of " power-up "; their effect is often unrealistically conveyed by making the screen wobble and blur.
Drinking alcohol creates intoxicationrelaxation and lowered inhibitions. It is produced by the fermentation of sugars by yeasts to create winebeerand distilled liquor e.
In most areas of the world, apart from certain countries where Muslim sharia law is used, it is legal for those over a certain age typically 18— Used recreationally to provide alertness and a sense of energy. Prescribed for ADHDnarcolepsy, depression and weight loss. A potent central nervous system stimulantin the s and 50s methamphetamine was used by Axis and Allied troops in World War IIand, later on, other armies, and by Japanese factory workers.
It increases muscle strength and fatigue resistance and improves reaction time. Its common forms include marijuana and hashishwhich are smoked or eaten. It contains at least 85 cannabinoids. The primary psychoactive component is THCwhich mimics the neurotransmitter anandamidenamed after the Hindu ananda, "joy, bliss, delight.
Often found in coffeeblack teaenergy drinkssome soft drinks e. It is available as a white powder, which is insufflated "sniffed" into the nostrils or converted into a solution with water and injected.
A popular derivative, crack cocaine is typically smoked. When transformed into its freebase form, crackthe cocaine vapour may be inhaled directly.
This is thought to increase bioavailabilitybut has also been found to be toxic, due to the production of methylecgonidine during pyrolysis. Commonly known as ecstasy, it is a common club drug in the rave scene. An anesthetic used legally by paramedics and doctors in emergency situations for its dissociative and analgesic qualities and illegally in the club drug scene.
A popular ergoline derivative, that was first synthesized in by Hofmann. However, he failed to notice its psychedelic potential until Available by prescription for pain relief.
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Commonly abused opioids include oxycodonehydrocodonecodeinefentanylheroinand morphine. Opioids have a high potential for addiction and have the ability to induce severe physical withdrawal symptoms upon cessation of frequent use. Heroin can be smoked, insufflated or turned into a solution with water and injected.
This hallucinogenic drug was an important drug in the psychedelic scene. Untilwhen it was chemically analysed by Albert Hofmannit was completely unknown to modern science that Psilocybe semilanceata "Liberty Cap", common throughout Europe contains psilocybina hallucinogen previously identified only in species native to Mexico, Asia, and North America.
Nicotine is the key drug contained in tobacco leaves, which are either smoked, chewed or snuffed. It contains nicotinewhich crosses the blood—brain barrier in 10—20 seconds.
It mimics the action of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine at nicotinic acetylcholine receptors in the brain and the neuromuscular junction. The neuronal forms of the receptor are present both post- synaptically involved in classical neurotransmission and pre-synaptically, where they can influence the release of multiple neurotransmitters.1 Illicit Drug Use in the United States.
The distinctions between the legal drugs—alcohol beverages and tobacco—and the illegal drugs—such as cocaine, marijuana, and heroin—are today much sharper in the law than in the eyes of the pharmacologists and epidemiologists who are counting deaths and illnesses and the clinicians who are.
Medical professionals are on board with marijuana legalization, and Diane Feinstein is getting there, too; the latest national drug use survey is out, US Customs talks tough about Canadians and marijuana, and more.
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Policy regarding drugs, both legal and illegal and explicitly excluding alcohol, poses some of the most prominent and perplexing issues facing modern societies. For nearly a century, the United States has been an active proponent of the punitive prohibition of illicit drugs.
Unfortunately, the “War on Drugs” has been largely unsuccessful; prosecution of illegal drug consumption has filled.
The United Nations' World Drug Report stated that cannabis "was the world's most widely produced, trafficked, and consumed drug in the world in ", and estimated between million and million users globally in Source plant(s): Cannabis sativa, Cannabis sativa forma indica, Cannabis ruderalis.